You must be related to a veteran who has served overseas in a location of foreign conflict, earning the campaign medals eligible. That veteran can be a living or deceased spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.

Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW-eligible veteran.

The most common document is a DD 214, which will list the veteran’s dates of service and campaign medals. But you can also use other separation documents, such as documents showing service in Korea, Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay on pay records, and also sometimes other documentation if you don’t have one of these.


Check out out the Eligibility Requirements page on the VFW National Organization website.
If you’re unsuccessful locating your documents, please don't hesitate to contact us or the National Headquarters.  We’ll do our best to help you with this endeavor.

No, your related veteran is eligible the moment he/she earns the accepted campaign medals for overseas service.

The IRS determines the degrees of separation from the veteran that qualify for membership in a veterans’ service organization auxiliary. The relationship must be within two degrees of "consanguinity” in order to be eligible. That means two generations back (i.e. parents or grandparents) or forward (i.e. children or grandchildren).

After the change in Auxiliary eligibility opened to men in 2015, the VFW determined that any veteran who is eligible for the VFW cannot join the Auxiliary. Some dual members exist from before the change, and they must maintain their eligibility in order to stay members of both organizations.

Yes, any member – and even a non-member – can order items from the VFW Store.

Both new and current members can find information about our programs and activities on the Membership Auxiliary Leadership Training Access  website, commonly referred to as MALTA. We encourage all members to create a MALTA login/account. Simply use your Member ID Number from your identification card as your username and create a password to activate your account.  You will find tools and resources available for everyone such as Officer contact information, forms and other documents. You will also be able pay your annual dues or be able to convert to a Life Member.